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Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998 Oregon Journal (Firm) Shipbuilding--Oregon--Portland
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Al Monner news negatives

  • Org. Lot 1284
  • Collection
  • 1936-1974

The vast majority of this collection is made up of negatives created by Al Monner for the Oregon Journal. A small number of negatives were likely created by fellow Journal photographer Ralph Vincent, also for the Oregon Journal. While it's likely that almost all the negatives in this collection were created as part of Monner's work for the Journal, some images may also be his personal work. Most of the negatives are black and white, with a handful of color images taken in the 1950s and 1960s. A small selection of images from 1936 to 1938 were likely taken during Monner's time at the Oregonian newspaper. Large-format negatives from 1936 to 1959 have been processed and inventoried, while 35mm film from 1959 to 1974 remains unprocessed.

The photographs highlight over 30 years of current events in and around the Portland area, with a smaller number taken elsewhere in the state. Yearly events, such as the Portland Rose Festival and the Pendleton Round-Up, are featured prominently. A substantial number of images from the 1940s show Portland war efforts during World War II, featuring photographs of shipyards, soldiers, and rationing efforts at home. A small number of photographs also show early incarceration of Japanese Americans. Monner also frequently photographed dam-building efforts on the Columbia River at Celilo Village, The Dalles, and Bonneville.

Also included are photographs of accident scenes, fires, explosions, new building projects, sporting events, contest winners, and important national figures visiting the Portland area. Taken together, the collection displays the breadth of Monner's work as a photojournalist, covering the everyday to the exciting.

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation folding up after war is over

An Oregon Shipbuilding Building Corporation building, photographed as the company ceases operations at the end of World War II. Next to the entrance to the building is a sign that reads “United States Maritime Commission” (negative 5 of 26).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation folding up after war is over

Workers walk along a building at Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation in Portland, as the company ceases shipbuilding operations. The building runs along the right side of the frame, with a crane visible in the distance (negative 2 of 26).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Portland waterfront shipbuilding facility

A shipbuilding facility on the Willamette River in Portland, shown from a high angle. Multiple ways, each holding a ship, can be seen along the water (negative 16 of 37).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Albina Engine & Machine Works building, Portland

Albina Engine & Machine Works, next to the Willamette River in Portland, most likely looking west. Numerous other industrial buildings can be seen along the river, with the west hills in the distance (negative 33 of 37).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Launching of Liberty ship C.J. Jones, by Mrs. Charles L. McNary, Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation

A group stands in front of shipbuilding scaffolding at Oregon Shipbuilding Company in Portland, after the launching of Liberty ship C.J. Jones. From left to right: Captain W. Wills, Mrs. Kathryn Jones Bedinger (sister of C.J. Jones), Charlotte McNary, and Mrs. Charles L. McNary (wife of Senator Charles McNary. This photograph was published on the front page of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, August 15, 1943 (negative 2 of 7).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Subchaser launching ceremony at Commercial Iron Works, Portland

A launching ceremony in front of a newly built subchaser at Commercial Iron Works in Portland, sponsored by Shrine Hospital. An unidentified man stands behind a podium, with Father Thomas J. Tobin to his right. People can be seen along the deck of the ship, which appears to be inside a large industrial facility. A photograph from this story was published on page 4A of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, August 29, 1943 (negative 3 of 5).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Launching of U.S.S. Bronx, sponsored by Mrs. Greenslade

The U.S.S. Bronx, sliding down a ways into the Willamette River upon its launching from the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation in Portland. Wooden scaffolding can be seen at either side of the ways. A photograph from this series was published in the Oregon Journal on Sunday, July 15, 1945 (negative 1 of 8).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation launching “Star of Oregon”

Photograph showing a crowd gathered on the shore of the Willamette River, on the occasion of the launching of liberty ship “Star of Oregon.” The Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation facility can be seen behind the crowd, and shipbuilding scaffolding is on the right side of the frame (negative 5 of 15).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation launching “Star of Oregon”

Photograph showing the “Star of Oregon” in a scaffolding area at the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation, on the occasion of its launching. Flags are strung along the top of the ship, and several other shipbuilding bays can be seen on either side of the Star of Oregon (negative 8 of 15).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Albina Engine & Machine Works submarine chaser launching

Photograph showing a ship being launched into the Willamette River at Albina Engine & Machine Works in Portland. Wooden scaffolding can be seen along the sides of the launch bay, where workers are standing and watching the ship. Across the river are several buildings and docks (negative 2 of 3).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Rope making at ship rigging school

Two men sit on a bench while braiding rope. A rope splicing fid can be seen on the bench between them. Most likely in Portland area (negative 2 of 8).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Ship rigging school

Three men stand around a vise grip mounted to a log, at a ship rigging school most likely in the Portland area. A leather wrapped wire appears to be in the grip (negative 4 of 8).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Launching of Liberty ship C.J. Jones, by Mrs. Charles L. McNary, Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation

Mrs. Charles McNary breaks a bottle on the hull of the Liberty ship C.J. Jones before its launching from the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation in Portland. Champagne is flying through the air from the broken bottle. A photograph from this story was published on the front page of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, August 15, 1943 (negative 5 of 7).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Launching of S.S. Bladensburg, Kaiser Company, Swan Island

A groups stands in front of a shipping ways at Kaiser Company, Swan Island, at the launching of the tanker Bladensburg. The women photographed from left to right: Barbara Crowe, Mrs. Mary Hare, Mrs. Oscar Cox (sponsor), and Mrs. Marian Sanasac. Three of the women are holding large bouquets of flowers (negative 3 of 7).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

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